Signal Energy LLC, a design/build general contractor to the North American renewable energy industry, has completed construction on a 10.8 MW solar farm near the Carlsbad regional airport in New Mexico.
The solar plant was deployed and will be maintained by SunEdison. Xcel Energy has agreed to purchase the power generated from the solar deployment under a long-term power purchase agreement.
Signal's construction of the site included all civil, mechanical and electrical work, along with the installation of a single-axis tracker system. The tracking system installed by Signal Energy has the ability to increase electricity production at the solar farm by more than 20% over that of a fixed system, the company says.
Approximately 840 tracker rows contain 40,000 photovoltaic solar modules; the trackers are supported by over 10,000 steel pile foundations. Array Technologies Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M., manufactured the tracking system.